dance to the rhythm of Narcs
Complicity, permissiveness and impunity in favor of international drug
trafficking play fundamental roles within the degradation made to Venezuela by
the Castro-Chávez-Maduro trio.
This week came the news on a major drug bust comprising 1.3 tons of pure cocaine seized in France valued in the neighborhood of $210 million, which travelled from the Maiquetía-Venezuela airport to the Charles de Gaulle-Paris airport in a commercial flight from Air France. The shipment, the biggest ever seized in that capital according to Manuel Valls, France’s Minister of the Interior, came hidden in 30 suitcases and not registered in the name of any passenger from that Air France commercial flight.
After the seizure of this cocaine-stuffed luggage, six arrests of people presumably linked to international drug trafficking have been made in Paris along with three people from the Venezuelan army (two sergeants and one lieutenant from the National Guard) in Caracas, who unbelievably had the power of moving that vast amount of drugs – or at least that’s what the authorities are trying to make believe.
This is also the second-biggest shipment of cocaine that has been seized within a Venezuelan aircraft in another country in just over a year. On August 12 of last year, a 1.4-ton cocaine shipment was seized on its way to the Canary Islands in a small Bombarder plane that took off from the Arturo Michelena-Valencia airport in Carabobo state. This case, in which eight army officers and eight civilians were arrested, would have broken off relations between two “greats” of the chavismo regime: Tareck El Aissami, the current governor of Aragua state, and Rafael Isea, Venezuela’s former finance minister, who at present is cooperating with the DEA and who some people insinuate would have served as a whistleblower for the Air France shipment case, according to people familiar with the case.
These are just two cases out of countless of recurring seizures of drug found in vessels from Venezuela, in territorial waters or from other countries.
Another evidence of the huge penetration drug dealers have in Venezuela is the increase of a “settling of scores” activity, becoming the top reason for soaring murder rates in the country, according to a report released by the Presidential Commission for Disarmament in March of 2012, which affects the poorest social classes forced to, among other felonies, drug micro-trafficking.
Nothing is for free in this regrettable situation linking the country to drug trafficking. This is a direct consequence of an approach by the Government to narco-terrorist groups, especially the FARC, whose leaders and members roam free in the country; of an impunity given to criminals, especially those in military uniform close to any leader of the left-wing PSUV party; and of having handed over the petrochemical industry, the harbors and airports to the “Cuban Empire.” But this is also the direct consequence of an ease in the antidrug fight, which led the late President Hugo Chávez to suspend a joint cooperation of Venezuela with the DEA, as well as not accepting any kind of regulations or controls regarding that matter, using the defense of the national sovereignty and independence as an excuse.
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